Early risers may be wonder-struck at the display of bright objects near 5 o’clock. Jupiter has been out all night, and remains in view in the southwest, while the winter constellation Orion crosses the south. Meanwhile, Venus lights up the eastern skies, shining even brighter than Jupiter.
Lowering into the west-northwest this evening, the pale orange star Arcturus, sets near 8:15 PM EDT. However, our second brightest star is not done. Early tomorrow morning, Arcturus climbs back into the east-northeast starting at 5:25, though much easier to find one hour later.
Capella, the fourth brightest star in the northern skies, appears low in the north-northeast by 7:00 PM, climbing to one quarter of the way up, in the northeast, by 9 o’clock. The waxing Gibbous Moon in the southern skies might subdue the dimmer stars, but Capella should find no difficulty in remaining visible despite the glow of moonlight.